Monday, February 08, 2016

I Strayed a Little (am I a Hooker now?)

When I went down the knitting rabbit hole, I was tempted by a squirrel and strayed a bit.
My Nana mentioned that she wanted a triangle prayer shawl.   I said, "I don't have a clue how to knit one of those."  She said "If I knew someone who crochets they could make me one."

Did I mention that I learned to crochet as a pre-adolescent?   I do indeed know how to crochet.  Hmmm...

So I found a pattern that even had a youtube video. (Video is an awesome learning tool - more on that later.)   I got some yarn and a hook and started.

I will be adding some light blue and white rows in here eventually.  It is amazing how old skills are remembered by your hands.

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Now about video as a learning tool - One of my favorite places to go for video classes is Craftsy. You have lifetime access to the classes and you can watch them over and over until you "get it."  Did you know that they now have 1000 classes?  Wow!  To celebrate, Craftsy has put the most commonly wishlisted classes on sale at 50% off.  That is a nice bargain.
How about this one:
 Free-Motion Quilting Essentials with Christina Cameli

Or perhaps maybe you want to try a crochet class where you learn to crochet cable designs?
Quick & Easy Crochet Cables with Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Or even a quilt as you go class

Or perhaps look and find one of your own choosing.  There are lots of classes on sale right now. So, go learn something new to try!

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Down the Rabbit Hole

Just in case you wonder where I am--- I have fallen down a rabbit hole.  I think it is safe here, but it is a bit scary.

I pulled out the sock that I started knitting (how long ago was  that?) and started back on it.
As you can see, I have a bit of the cuff started. What I have discovered is that I have gotten better at knitting.  I think the class on Craftsy Improve your Knitting with Patty Lyons really helped me.  I gave this to myself as a birthday present.  Ms. Lyons is a very good instructor.

But the inspiration to start back on the sock came from signing up for  the Free Sock Knit Along Class (also on Craftsy.)  That gave me a jump start to work on this project again.  However, I am sticking with the pattern that I started with.  I saw that this class recommends that you already have made a basic sock.  So, I will finish this pair (say a prayer!) and then make one of the patterns from this class.


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday Sewing Project -and More

I awoke feeling alive and ready to tackle  embrace the world.   I played around for a bit online.  I walked past the sewing machine and saw some fabric I had woven and cut away from a project.  Thoughts swirled.  Could I use my woven fabric in a quilt block as a piecing material?  After some contemplation another idea stepped into the spotlight.  I could use the woven as an accent on a piece made with an upholstery fabric sample.

Pressing, cutting and more thinking happened before diving right in. The idea I had in mind changed as I went.  Suddenly I had this:
It is just a bit wonky and unusual - hey! just like me!   I used a mustardy gold color fabric for the lining -it peeks out at the sides.

So what is it for?

I didn't measure at all.  But it is the perfect size for my Kindle Fire.  Since I didn't buy or make a cover for the latest one (bought at a ridiculously low price)  this is perfect.

I also re-visited card  or tablet weaving on my larger inkle loom.   The cards act as shafts in the loom, making it a type of four shaft loom.  (Shafts raise and lower the threads to create patterns in the cloth.)
I threaded up twenty cards with four threads each to start weaving this particular pattern.
The pattern draft used gray, green, yellow, black and white as the colors.  I substituted teal/aqua for the green. Purple took the place of yellow, as navy did for the black.  I love the color combination.
This is a very precise, orderly, planned out type of weaving which is in contrast to the Saori - freestyle weaving that I do on my floor loom.  I am thinking that combining the two in a project could be wonderful.

If you happened to miss my affiliate post (Friday) for Craftsy's supply sale, let me remind you  that they are having a sale of up to 50% off on supplies.

I went looking for temptation and found this one at 50% off. There are 40 fat quarters in this box.  I am mightily tempted.

from: Craftsy




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Friday, January 29, 2016

If you need supplies---

As an affiliate with Craftsy, I wanted to tell you that they are having a sale of up to 50% off on supplies.

They said to tell you that between the busy holiday season and the first flowers of spring lies the perfect time for creativity. Celebrate with BIG savings on supplies at Craftsy, at up to 50% off! Get great deals on art supplies, fabric, yarn, baking tools and more. Browse the sale prices now before the best products are gone!


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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sampler- As If.....

As if I didn't have enough UFOs floating around, I have joined a Sampler sew along. It is being run by Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan. It is the Splendid Sampler.
The info says there will be two blocks a week with two weeks off for Christmas and New Year. So there will be a hundred 6" blocks.  It also says there will be pieced, paper pieced, EPP, applique and embroidered blocks. The Q & A says that you don't have to make them all.  That is good because I doubt that I will make them all, but I will collect the instructions for sure. I will make the ones that appeal to me and eventually make a quilt from them.  The first block will debut on Valentine's Day.  So if you want to join in, follow the link and sign up.  

(just what I needed - another project!) Ha ha.

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